“Do monarch butterflies have a nose?” a kindergartener inquires.
“Does it rain on the moon?” a first-grader wonders.
“Does a white shark really produce 30 million teeth?”asks a second grader.
These incisive, critical quests for additional knowledge about the world are precisely what children do when the Common Core State Standards for informational texts go right in K-2. And with The Everything Guide to Informational Texts, the Common Core will go right in K-2.
Authors Kathy Barclay and Laura Stewart have written the book that teachers like you have been pleading for—a resource that delivers the “what I need to know Monday through Friday” to engage kids in a significant amount of informational text reading experiences.
No filler, no lofty ideals about college and career readiness, but instead, the information on how to find lesson-worthy texts and create developmentally appropriate instructional plans that truly help young readers comprehend grade-level texts.
What you’ll love most:
- The how-to’s on selecting stellar informational texts
- High-impact comprehension strategies for nonfiction
- Suggestions on providing sufficient challenge in guided reading, read alouds, and other practices
- Model text lessons and lesson plan templates across each grade
- An annotated list of 449 informational texts for read alouds, guided reading, and independent reading
It’s time to bring in to our classrooms all the high-quality informational texts that are available. It’s time to demonstrate to students how to read them, and to allow the authors of these children’s texts to take readers into rich, complex ideas they can handle with our support. If ever there were a book to quell our concern about how Common Core expectations will play out in grades K-2, this is it.